Andre Agassi is riding a resurgence that produced a 6-4, 7-5 victory Sunday against Vince Spadea in the third round of the Lipton Championships.
“I need to win this tournament,” Agassi said. “By winning a tournament of big stature and beating some top guys, I’ll go from feeling like I’m right on the verge to better than I’ve ever been.”
Agassi’s ranking has climbed from 141st late last year to 31st, and at Lipton he may pose the biggest threat to his longtime rival, top-ranked Pete Sampras. They could meet in the semifinals Friday.
Sampras took Sunday off.
In women’s play, No. 1 Martina Hingis shut out Joannette Kruger 6-0, 6-0 in 35 minutes. No. 2 Lindsay Davenport also advanced to the fourth round, as did the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena.